We don’t buy newspapers. Honestly. And even though I write for a newspaper. We read the news online. It saves trees. But, seriously, it’s because no one delivers papers door to door in our subdivision. Not even in the old subdivision where we used to live. If we want the newspaper, we have to go to the center of the town to get it. With the price of gasoline, that would jack up the price of newspaper by more than 500%. So we read the news from the online version of newspapers. It’s a better deal really. And we get to read international papers too.
There are times, however, when we have to buy newspaper. Not for the news but for one project or another. Like yesterday. Alex was finishing her art project, a mask cast from her own face, and the “hair” was shaped with twisted pieces of newspaper.
There’s the mask…
… there’s the “hair” that still had to be painted. The back part was still bald when I took that photo last night and Alex was twisting and taping pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer that she would glue to the back of the head. At 7.00 p.m., the PDI was the only newspaper left on the street stands.
So, Alex called me into her room and asked me to cut each spread of newspaper into four pieces.
When Speedy peeped in, Alex complained that I wasn’t helping because I was reading instead of cutting. What can I say? I saw a recipe for Pork Hardinera so, naturally, I read it and saved the page so it wouldn’t become a strand of the mask’s hair. But that wasn’t the only thing that I read in yesterday’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. I saw the horoscope and my, my, my… I was glued to the page.
I asked Alex what her astrology sign was and she said, “Aquarius.” And I read her horoscope out loud:
Are you happy with the friends you have? Do you hang out with quality people? The best way to get friends is to be friendly!
Then we both burst out laughing. That’s horoscope? That was a prediction of what was supposed to transpire yesterday to people born between January 20 and February 18? Oh, okay, perhaps it was my definition of “horoscope” that’s all screwed. I checked my Mac’s dictionary.
a forecast of a person’s future, typically including a delineation of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth.
• a short forecast for people born under a particular sign, esp. as published in a newspaper or magazine
Nope, my definition of horoscope wasn’t wrong. That was exactly how I understood horoscope — a forecast of a person’s future based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth. And I wondered, the person who write the horoscope for the PDI gets paid to come up with forecasts of people’s future like “The best way to get friends is to be friendly!”? Wow, that’s easy money! And I thought horoscopes were written by people who actually know something about astrology.